“Doctors have discharged my mother though she still needs treatment. Where should I take her?” asks Sarabjit Singh, a Rayaa resident, whose mother was admitted to Guru Nanak Dev Hospital a few days back.
This is not an isolated case as many other patients have been discharged abruptly as junior resident doctors and paramedics continued their strike for the third consecutive day in protest against the beating up of their colleagues on Thursday.
Medical superintendent Dr Ram Sarup Sharma said, “I am aware of the situation, but there is staff shortage. What else can be done?”
The hospital authorities said they had accepted the demands of the doctors, such as introducing pass system for visitors to the hospital. The proposal is to issue a pass to a person wishing to see a patient admitted to the emergency ward, against a refundable security deposit of Rs 100.
After assurance from college principal Dr BS Bal and medical superintendent Dr Ram Sarup at a meeting, the resident doctors were not convinced, saying assurances are seldom fulfilled. The doctors were assured of not to deploy them as emergency medical officer and register for their attendance.
Dr Gagan Deep Shergill of Resident Doctors’ Association said, “The protest will continue till the authorities implement whatever has been assured. They have told us that things will be implemented by Monday. We will wait till then.”
Though the services have not been stopped at the hospital, but staff shortage is affecting the functioning. Around 400 paramedics and doctors are sitting on protest. On Friday, protesting doctors took out a candle march and also walked towards the residence of minister Anil Joshi.